PNG LNG technicians receive firefighting training in AUS


Thirteen Papua New Guinean operations technicians travelled to Esso Australia’s Longford Fire Training Ground, in Gippsland, Victoria, to learn best-practice emergency response preparedness. Esso Australia is an affiliate of ExxonMobil Corporation.

The four-day training covered both theory and practical exercises in firefighting and confined space entry, giving technicians insight into the key differences of hydrocarbon fires, which are fueled by oil and gas compounds. 

Jay Lavapo, Operations Supervisor at the PNG LNG Hides Gas Conditioning Plant, said the group appreciated the opportunity to build their skills at a world-class training facility. 

“It’s imperative that our teams are prepared with the latest training procedures and this opportunity gave our technicians hands-on experience at tackling rigorous drill measures, testing their critical skills in a purpose-built facility, like the one at ExxonMobil’s Longford facility,” he said.  

The training was coordinated by ExxonMobil PNG and their Australian colleagues as practical hydrocarbon firefighting training is currently not available in PNG. 

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